Governments and business must work together more effectively and urgently to meet the growing demand for Internet addresses and secure the future of the Internet economy, according to a new OECD report, Internet Address Space: Economic Considerations in the Management ofIPv4 and in the Deployment of IPv6.
With nearly 85 percent of all available Internet addresses already in use by May 2008, experts believe that, if current trends continue, addresses will run out by 2011.
This could mean that new Internet users or mobile devices will not be able to access the Internet. The answer, says the report, is Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) which will provide an almost unlimited number of addresses and help drive the rollout of broadband, Internet-connected mobile phones and sensor networks, and new Internet services.
Governments and business should raise awareness of the need to start preparing now for the move from today's Internet Protocol version 4 to IPv6 and explain to Internet Service Providers and IT professionals that the move is a commercial and social opportunity, not a financial burden.